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Consumer Culture

Consumerism: The Less We Take, The More We Become

George Elerick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
George Elerick

We need a self-subversion party where we all get together across the country and find ways to encourage and empower one another to truly and honestly remove the things we don't need and then give those things to the people who have nothing. Maybe we can start one today.

The Specter Of The Counterculture III: The Land Of False Dreams

James Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James Block

What so desperately needs forgetting? Drink the Kool-Aid like Chance the Gardener and the very question recedes. Americans want to live in Pleasantville, and every pill they take and ad they watch is their friend.

Consumed With Guilt

Matthew Modine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matthew Modine

Can we transform from a society of consumers to a culture of sustainability? I think we can because history has shown that the human spirit is capable of so many things. Like going to the moon. Yes, we can.

Mad Men and the High Cost of Advertising

James Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Block

That Mad Men chronicles the rise of contemporary advertising should be our first warning. The fantasy machine that propels the American consumer culture achieves this leverage simply with make believe.

Los Angyork City

Steven Nereo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Steven Nereo

As for New York becoming LA, or LA becoming Berlin or Berlin becoming Dubai ... the truth is it's all becoming the same. Sameness is our present and more-of-the-sameness is our future.

America's Health Care Addiction

Craig Bowron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Bowron

How does a country with perhaps the most innovative health care system in the world produce average health care outcomes? It's simple: much of the innovation hasn't delivered.

Gratitude, or Platitudes?

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Sigman

I often recall my conversation with a Jewish woman who worshipped an Indian guru. She was on the path to universal forgiveness and gratitude, she told me, there was one obstacle left: she was still working on forgiving Hitler.

Moby Died For Your Sins: How Selling Out is Pretty Fabulous

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard Laermer

No one bothers to bat an eyelash when people "sell out," because the mere idea in '08 of selling out is marrying the American Dream to American Laziness. Why do more for less when you can get more for less!